There are many indications that Former Vice President Mike Pence intends to join the 2024 presidential race.
He has recently done many things to suggest so: Pence wrote columns, joined conservative groups, and made several speeches in which he promoted the achievements of the previous administration.
During his term, Pence has built a strong reputation as former President Trump’s closest ally.
Such an image was instantly shattered when Pence refused to overturn the electoral vote that confirmed Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
This act preceded the infamous January 6th Capitol storming by Trump supporters, which ended up with five casualties and a great deal of material damage.
The Capitol events proved to be just the beginning of a break of ties between Trump and Pence.
Another crucial occasion was the January 20th presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.
While Trump refused to attend the event, promptly leaving for Florida, Mike Pence and his wife were among the rare attendees from the Republican Party.
Pence’s lone and agreeable appearance during the inauguration suggested that he does not have any further plans to confront Democrats.
In this light, the allegations about Pence’s political comeback strike as highly surprising.
A challenging comeback
Yet, Pence’s comeback is expected to be hurdled by hardly surmountable difficulties.
Many commentators estimated that, if Pence wants to succeed, he will have to appeal to a large spectrum of already divided Republicans.
Insiders such as Republican Representative Jim Banks from Indiana view Pence as having an advantage by being acceptable to the Republican base.
Republican strategist Alice Stewart emphasized that Pence’s history of endorsement by influential Republicans such as former President Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz testifies in favor of his good prospects.
However, some recent events suggest that it would not be easy for Pence to secure Trump’s support once again.
During an interview last month, Trump named several Republicans who he viewed as future leaders of the GOP.
He listed people such as Cruz and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis but quite ostensibly omitted Pence.
Given the recent events at Capitol and inauguration, it seems that Trump does not have any plans to forgive Pence.
As someone who received more than 70 million votes during the last general election, Trump is undoubtedly a figure whose opinion matters to Republican voters.
Without his support, challenges on the path of Pence’s presidential nomination, let alone victory, would be virtually insurmountable.